Piers Morgan quit GMB after Meghan Markle complained to ITV and he refused to apologise


PIERS Morgan sensationally quit Good Morning Britain after Meghan Markle complained to ITV – leading to him refusing to apologise on camera.

The 55-year-old stepped down from the show last night after senior execs wanted him to say sorry on air following contact from the Duchess.

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Meghan Markle contacted ITV to complain about Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan

The TV firebrand sensationally stepped down from his role last night after refusing to apologise on camera

But Piers refused – and quit instead following his heated clash with the show’s weatherman Alex Beresford.

Meghan raised concerns with ITV’s CEO after Piers said he didn’t believe she had suffered suicidal thoughts. The Duchess is said to have been worried it would affect others struggling with similar issues.

The complaint wasn’t made over Piers’ dismissal of racism allegations, or her claims that she wasn’t supported by the Royal Family, it’s said.

ITV’s royal editor Chris Ship said: “The Duchess of Sussex formally filed a complaint to ITV on Monday.

“It’s thought to have been sent to the broadcaster’s CEO.

“Meghan raised concerns about how Piers Morgan’s words affect the issue of mental health and what it might do to others contemplating suicide.”

This morning, Piers doubled down on his decision – tweeting: “Freedom of speech is a hill I’m happy to die on.”

The presenter, 55, made a series of dismissive comments about Meghan’s claims she was “suicidal” and suffered issues with her mental health while a royal.

The 39-year-old Duchess told Oprah Winfrey she felt like she “didn’t want to be alive anymore” in her bombshell interview on Sunday.

But on Monday’s Good Morning Britain, Morgan said he “didn’t believe a word” of it.

It comes as:

  • The TV firebrand yesterday stormed off the show after snapping at Alex “I’m not having this”
  • Ofcom received a whopping 41,000 complaints over his handling of Meghan and Harry’s interview with Oprah
  • Celebrity pals including Gary Linekar and Sharon Osborne have stood by him
  • Susanna Reid paid an emotional tribute to her ‘outspoken and disruptive’ co-star this morning
  • Ranvir Singh said the complaints about Piers “had to be taken seriously”

It’s today emerged that the Duchess of Sussex submitted a formal complaint about Piers after his comments aired.

His bosses have refused to deny suggestions the pregnant royal contacted them to blast the presenter.

A spokesperson told the Telegraph: “ITV has accepted this decision and has nothing further to add.”

Piers brought an immediate end to his six-year stint on the show last night when he decided to walk rather than apologise to Meghan.

ITV bought the rights to the Oprah interview for a rumoured £1million and its news anchor Tom Bradby also secured an interview with the couple during their Africa tour in October 2019.


Piers defended his comments again today by sharing a Winston Churchill quote alongside the tweet: “On Monday, I said I didn’t believe Meghan Markle in her Oprah interview.

“I’ve had time to reflect on this opinion, and I still don’t.

“If you did, ok.

“Freedom of speech is a hill I’m happy to die on.

“Thanks for all the love, and hate.

“I’m off to spend more time with my opinions.”

The Churchill quote reads: “Some people’s idea of free speech is that they are free to say what they are like, but if anyone says anything back, that is an outrage.”

Last night, Piers confirmed he had no regrets about his decision, tweeting: “Thinking of my late, great manager John Ferriter tonight.

“He’d have told me to do exactly the same thing. @GMB #TrustYourGut”. 

ITV’s chief executive confirmed the row between Piers and Alex wasn’t “manufactured” – and said the broadcaster’s managing director of media and entertainment had spoken to Piers about his coverage of the interview.

Insisting GMB was a “balanced show”, she added: “ITV has many voices and we try and represent many voices every day. It’s not about one opinion.”

Susanna Reid, 50, paid tribute to her “outspoken, opinionated, and disruptive” former co-star on the show this morning.

Piers faced the press this morning as he left his home for a walk and coffee

He chatted to photographers after sharing a tweet doubling down on his decision

It came as his former co-host Susanna Reid was visibly emotional as she spoke out about the scandal

Susanna looked emotional when she first arrived in the studio, and admitted that though she often disagreed with Piers, he will be missed.

She told fans: “A number of viewers will of course know the news and many of you will not, and be surprised that Piers isn’t here this morning.

“Piers was an outspoken, opinionated, and disruptive broadcaster. You will know I disagreed with him about Meghan’s interview.

“He himself clarified his comments on the show yesterday about her mental health.

“There are many voices on Good Morning Britain and everyone has their say, he had his and Piers has now decided to leave the programme.”

She was seen in tears yesterday after a series of heated meetings at ITV’s studios in Television Centre, West London.

An ITV source said: “Piers was not going to back down.

“He was asked to make an apology but refused. He says he is entitled to his opinion and is always going to stand by it.

“When he refused to apologise, there was a stand-off. And ultimately it ended with him telling producers he would not host the show anymore.

“His contract was coming to an end this year anyway, but he said he wouldn’t do the job unless it was on his terms.

“The growing pressure from building Ofcom complaints and a swell of anger on social media gave bosses no choice but to try and get him to apologise.

“Unfortunately there were also a lot of concerns raised with the GMB production team too.

“Charity Mind also expressed their concerns to senior execs at ITV saying it clashes with their campaign.”

Piers and Susanna have a famously fiery relationship – but on Monday the pair disagreed over comments Meghan made about her mental health